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Film Version of Macbeth Act 3, Scene 4 (the Banquet Scene).

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ENGLISH COURSEWORK: MACBETH ACT 3, SCENE 4 (THE BANQUET SCENE). HOW IS THIS SCENE RECREATED IN THE FOLLOWING SCREEN VERSIONS: 1. ROMAN POLANSKI (1971) 2. TREVOR NUNN (1980) INTRODUCTION In my opinion, Macbeth is one of the greatest tragedies that William Shakespeare has ever written, and indeed I believe that Shakespeare was one of the greatest playwrights that ever lived. Obviously I am not the only one to think so, as many directors have longed to produce some of his plays. He is so well recognised that he has a company named after him who are completely devoted to him and his plays. The reason that people see him as an excellent playwright is because he believes that a play does not stop with words on a page, it has to be acted out to get the full meaning. ...read more.

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The overall look of the production is one of the main differences between the two versions. This version takes place in a castle which is much more impressive than a stage-bound production. It helps to make sense of the scene when it is a real location, with real surroundings and it also makes it much more enjoyable to watch. Due to a larger budget, the costumes are more effective and aesthetically more pleasing to look at, rather than the black trench coats in the RSC production. The actual acting of the characters is again, another big difference. In this version, the acting is very understated and some of the actors fail to express themselves accordingly. Also, the script of Macbeth is cut very severely so that only the main points are put across. ...read more.

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This makes it very realistic and much easier to understand. The monologues in this version were much easier to do than on a stage because the dialogue can be recorded later and played over the top of the acting, which is the case here. The music in this version consists of strings and discordant bagpipes, which give a very twisted, but effective, effect on the scene. An example of this is when Banquo chases Macbeth in the dining hall. It gives a terrific effect on the scene. The main lighting used on the scene were torches and candles, which give a very medieval effect. To sum up for this version, Roman Polanski is more interested in how the scene looks than the actual acting involved, therefore he concentrates on the locations, costumes and effects. As a result the acting suffers and in this version, it is unfortunately poor. ...read more.

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